"Plans that will address the Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant have been finalised" - Minister of Water and Sanitation
The Department of Water and Sanitation and the City of Tshwane have embarked on a partnership that will see the Development Bank of Southern Africa implement the urgent upgrade of the dysfunctional Rooiwal wastewater treatment work.
This follows the cholera outbreak that has hit Hammanskraal leading to the fatalities of dozens of residents while others have been hospitalised.
While the source of the cholera outbreak has not been determined as yet, the water and sanitation minister Senzo Mchunu, said there are historical developments of problems associated with the Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant and it needs to be resolved.
Briefing the media on Thursday morning, Mchunu along with deputy ministers, David Mahlobo and Judith Tshabalala were joined by the executive mayor of the City of Tshwane, Cilliers Brink.
"The water provision situation in Hammanskraal is untenable and needs to be resolved as tangible and sustainable plans need to be implemented to ensure that there is a continued supply of safe and clean water supplied to these residents.
Tests are being conducted, to obtain the source of the cholera and these tests will be synthesised into a comprehensive report and will be made public, we have also finalised plans that will address the Rooiwal Wastewater treatment plant once and for all," Mchunu said.
An estimated total of R4 billion that will be used to implement the urgent upgrade of the dysfunctional Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant was announced during the media briefing as the project will break ground in September this year, with completion targeted for June 2026.
Meanwhile, the Mpumalanga health department has reported its first cholera death on Thursday the 1st of June 2023.
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